The monsoon rolled back into our state Thursday.

Heavy rains in the north part of the Valley led to flooded roads and washes in the Carefree area.


Our chopper gave us a bird's eye view of the washes.

Tranquil Trail in Carefree was anything but tranquil as the rushing waters rolled across the roads.

[SLIDESHOW: Monsoon storm brings heavy rain, flooding and hail to Phoenix area]

Many drivers pulled over for safety, but we saw many others trying to drive their cars through the flooded washes.

Up to an inch and a half of rain fell in the mountains near Carefree and Cave Creek.

[SPECIAL SECTION: Arizona Monsoon 2018]

It took less than a minute for the water levels to rise from zero to 5 feet in some areas.

The rains up north soon moved south into the Valley.


The Desert Ridge area got pounded with heavy rain and even hail in some parts. Some viewers described it as nickel-sized hail.

[VIDEO: Rain and hail whip through Desert Ridge backyard]

As the storm continued to move across the Valley, more areas got drenched.

Our chopper found an entire neighborhood flooded near Thunderbird and Cave Creek roads.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was in effect for Phoenix, Glendale and Scottsdale.

[VIDEO: Rain and wind near Lookout Mountain]

In other parts of the state, flooding was so severe it prompted evacuations.


The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office has ordered an evacuation near Big Bug Creek.

A mandatory evacuation was issued for residents located in low-lying areas.

"There is a significant danger to you, gather necessary items and go," stated the sheriff. "Get to higher ground and avoid low water crossings."

A shelter has been set up at Mayer High School.

The weekend should be drier around Arizona, with an increase in temperatures as well.

STORM ALERT:We have flooding in the area of 32nd St & Osborn, and 34th St & Mitchell10401 N. 22nd Pl there is a large boulder in the road1124 E. State Avenue there is a power line down in the street due to a fallen treeCrews are respondingAs always, folks, drive safely!— Sal DiCiccio (@Sal_DiCiccio) August 24, 2018
Heavy rain is fall in in Central Phoenix. Please use caution when driving on the 51 and keep away fro the North Mtn Preserve. We are seeing localized flooding, strom winds & lightning. Also, keeping an eye on the Phoenix Dams. #azwx— FCDMC Flood Info (@FCDFloodInfo) August 24, 2018
NOW: Here's the view over I-17 at Indian School. #azwx #aztraffic— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) August 24, 2018
Significant Weather Advisory for Maricopa and Pinal Counties until 700 PM MST. #azwx #cawx— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) August 24, 2018
Severe Thunderstorm Warning continues for Phoenix AZ, Glendale AZ, Scottsdale AZ until 6:45 PM MST— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) August 24, 2018
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